Terry McInnis

As President and Founder of Blue Thorn Inc., Dr. McInnis interacts nationally with government, providers, payers, academia, patient advocacy groups, and plans to help forge a more financially sustainable and quality enhanced delivery system. As a key strategist and national spokesperson, Dr. McInnis presents at the request of government agencies, legislative bodies, professional associations, integrated delivery systems, health plans, business coalitions, and patient advocacy groups, and was featured in the Washington Redskins’ “Time-out for Your Health” segments.

Prior to founding Blue Thorn, Inc. in 2010, Dr. McInnis served as the Medical Director for Health Policy and Advocacy in the U.S. for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company. While there she worked in Government Affairs and was instrumental in shaping GSK policy and healthcare reform positions related to delivery system redesign, credible Rx benefit coverage standards, and presentation of the evidence to support the value proposition of appropriately used medications impacting outcomes. Subsequently, she successfully helped craft legislative positions externally by serving with the US Chamber Benefits Committee, the PCPCC (as a member of the Legislative Committee), and member- Rx Benefits Coverage Committee for PhRMA (the Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s trade organization).

She has over 25 years of senior executive and clinical experience in various employer, military (US Air Force- Flight Surgeon), and hospital/group practice health management segments. Prior to joining GSK, she was the Corporate Medical Director for Michelin North America where she helped engineer the redesign of the healthcare benefits for nearly 50,000 beneficiaries and worked as a committee member of the National Business Group on Health’s- An Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services. Earlier as GE Power Systems Assoc. Medical Director and Health Care Manager, Dr. McInnis was responsible for the occupational health and employee programs in addition to the successful re-bid and risk-reward contracting of the medical benefits for all GE beneficiaries.

Dr. McInnis received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Wake Forest Medical School being designated a NIH student clinical scholar. She completed a residency in Occupational Medicine as an OPSF scholar, and a MPH (high honors) at the University of Oklahoma. She is Board Certified in Preventive and Occupational Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a Former Course Advisor to the Department of Continuing Education of Harvard University.

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